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What do we learn about Ralph, Piggy and Jack in the First chapter of Lord of the Flies?

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What do we learn about Ralph, Piggy and Jack in the First chapter of Lord of the Flies? From the beginning we find out that these boys have been stranded as 'the fat boy' asks 'the boy with fair hair' where 'the man with the megaphone is.' 'The boy with fair hair' turns out to be Ralph. Strait away this shows us that Ralph is a good looking boy. When 'the fat boy' asks Ralph, 'Aren't there any grown-ups at all?' Ralph replies 'I don't think so.' He says this 'solemnly' at first 'but then the delight of a realized ambition came over him.' This shows that Ralph is going to love it on the island. As 'the fat boy' asks 'what's your name' he replies 'Ralph' and then he 'increases his speed' showing us that he doesn't really want to be seen with a 'fat boy.' More evidence of this is where 'the fat boy' runs off because of 'them fruit' he has eaten and Ralph again tries to escape 'the fat boy.' A little while later the two boys find a lagoon. Ralph here becomes conscious 'of the weight of his clothes, kicked his shoes off fiercely and ripped off each stocking with its elastic garter in a single movement.' ...read more.


He has a cockney accent when he says things like 'all them other kids.' When Piggy and Ralph are talking about their upbringing in the pool Piggy tells us that his 'dad's dead' and 'his mum.' He also tells us that his 'auntie' has brought him up whom he keeps referring to. His 'auntie' 'owns a sweet shop' showing us that Piggy probably gets home from school every night and stuffs himself with sweets. As Ralph and Piggy are sitting down talking Piggy shows that he is venerable as he has only just met Ralph and yet he is already trusting him with a secret that his class 'used to call me piggy.' Although later on Ralph betrays his trust and tells everyone that his name is Piggy so he is very reluctant towards voting Ralph for chief. As Ralph and Piggy are in the pool Ralph finds the conch shell. Ralph wants to play with it but piggy lectures Ralph about how 'it's ever so valuable.' He explains that 'if you wanted to buy one you'd have to pay pounds and pounds.' This shows that Piggy is probably quite a bright boy but because of his upbringing he can't show his full potential. ...read more.


On numerous occasions Jack demonstrates his power and strength by whipping his knife from his sheath and 'slam's and clouts' a knife into a tree almost to show what he would do to anyone who challenged him. He again shows his power when the three boys come up to 'candle bushes' and he 'slashed at one with his knife.' This also illustrates that he is a violent boy. The boys end up on the island because of a plane crash. There would have been no way of knowing that the plane was going to be hit therefore there would be no need to carry a knife although Jack still carries one at all times showing his propensity to violence. When you realize this then you wonder why the adults at his old school made him 'head boy' and 'head chorister'. This may have been because he could put on a performance. Therefore he could be lying to anybody and they wouldn't know. Jack also demonstrates his endurance and discipline when he keeps his clothes on in the extreme heat. Near to when Jack has been introduced he 'came forward, vaulted onto the platform, with his cloak flying,' this represents either the prince of darkness or a vampire. 'And peered and to what to him was complete darkness.' This represents the dark which is a metaphor for evil. Lewis Mitchell 16th January,2002 ...read more.

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